Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 950,000
Catalog: KM-116
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.15 (1/30/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1896 50C MS obverse 1896 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1896 Barber half dollar is one of the rarest Philadelphia issues in Mint State grades, especially at the higher levels. Like all other P-mint issues, the 1896 was usually acquired in proof rather than Mint State until the last couple of decades. David Akers wrote in the Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection catalog: 'In my experience, this is the rarest P Mint Barber Half Dollar of the decade, especially in Gem condition, and it is even more rare than many of the more highly regarded mintmarked issues of the series.'

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Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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1896 50C MS
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Base $ 26.00 38.00 100.00 180 320 320 435 485 535 600 700 775 900 1375 2500 4900 13500 30000 - - -
$ 350 475 535 585 660 760 850 990 1650 2800 6000 15850 33000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 117
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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9/26/2005 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #55, 60/Lot# 784 $333.50
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1317 $1,380.00
10/2/2011 NGC VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3147, 3147/Lot# 1914 $45.00
4/22/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/22/2012, 19/Lot# 39314 $19.00
11/29/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 9312 $411.25
3/21/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1183/Lot# 3552 $1,527.50
11/1/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 7842 $593.38
4/14/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20298 $293.75


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